At St. Mark, we believe one of the best ways to encourage spiritual growth, fellowship and service is in a small group setting. We offer various kinds and sizes, and these groups meet at various times and places.
Are you looking for Christian fellowship that will deepen your faith and strengthen your relationship with God and one another? Becoming a part of a small group can provide you with those opportunities.
If you would like to join a small group, please contact the church office at 636-394-2233.

The Prayer Fellowship
Meets each Monday at 9:30am in the library. We start with a devotional and then read the article for the day in the Mission Yearbook of Prayer. There is a period of quiet to allow God to guide us in our silent prayer. Then we give God all the names and situations knowing God will take care of it all in His own way and time.

Men’s Groups

Men’s Fellowship
We meet the 3rd Saturday of most every month. Sometimes we eat out. The menu varies! Arrive at 8am in Gleason Hall and enjoy. Or come early at 7am to help prepare the breakfast. We are always looking for cooks and breakfast recipes! In February (for Valentine’s Day) we invite the ladies and staff. The last few years we have fixed pancakes, sausages, and juice for “Breakfast with the Bunny” and fix lunch for the Fall Festival. If interested, contact Jack Martin so we can place you on the call and reminder list. Or call the church office at (636) 394-2233.

Tuesday Morning Men’s Bible Study
We meet every Tuesday morning at 7:00 AM in Room 102. We would like to invite any interested Men to join us at our 7:00 AM time. No need to contact anyone. Just Show Up. Coffee is served. If you want more information, see Glenn Corlett, or contact the church office if you are interested in joining.

Women’s Groups

Go-Getters is a group of St. Mark women who meet on the second Tuesday of the month for a lunch outing. An annual Christmas party is always a highlight of the year. Go-Getters either meet at church or visit area restaurants to enjoy fellowship and a delicious meal together. (In December, January, February & March we enjoy gathering at the church for lunch.) If you are a lady in our church that enjoys food, fun, fellowship and friendliness, please join our group. There is no age limit. Keep your eyes on the weekly Bulletin for further information. For more details, contact Jan Graves or Sharon Tharp. Or call the church office at (636) 394-2233.

Ladies’ Bridge Group
The St. Mark Ladies’ Bridge Group meets on the first Thursday from October to May. Anyone interested in joining us as a sub or a regular is invited to call Diana Johanning, Jan Loudon, or contact the church office at (636)394-2233.

Presbyterian Women (PW)
An organization for women within our church. We enjoy fellowship, Bible study, and support of missions. Our challenge is to accept the gifts God has given us and to use those gifts to assist in the life and work of the Church. Presbyterian Women is made up of 6 Circles with a total membership of approximately 90 women. Within the organization, a number of “Circles” or small groups, meet at the church or members’ homes at various times during the months of September thru May. Programs are open to all women (and sometimes men) are held throughout the year. Several fundraisers provide money for missions which are named by the PW Board. Any woman interested in participating in a Circle or other PW event is invited to contact the church office at (636) 394-2233.

PW Book Club
Generally the 4th Wednesday in the month at 9:30am in Room 102
All are welcome!
Many of the book titles are available thru the public library system
Oct.24: Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
Nov.28: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
December: NO MEETING
Jan.23: Educated by Tara Westover
Feb.27: The Dry by Jane Harper
Mar.27: The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks
Apr.24: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
May 22: The Soul of America: the Battle for our Better Angels by John Meacham
June 26: The Day the Wold Came to Town by Jim DeFrede
Aug.28: My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira

Supper Club
A new group for young adults/young families meets monthly, usually in members’ homes.
For more information contact Shelley Lester.

Senior Groups and Services

Please review the variety of resources available for Senior Citizens at St. Mark:

Senior Groups

A lively group of women who meet once a month, ten times per year, for fun activities and fellowship. Their usual meeting day is the second Tuesday of the month. In warmer months, they enjoy outings to restaurants, historical sights and various local attractions. During the winter, they “stay in” at the church for lunch and fun activities such as watching movies, having parties and competing in trivia contests. If you would like more information, please contact any of the coordinators: Sharon Tharp or Jan Graves, or the church office at (636) 394-2233. We’d love to have you join us!

Senior Services

– large print Hymnals
– amplification for the hearing impaired
– wheelchair available
– St. Mark bus to pick up individuals (call church office 636-394-2233)

Chair Exercise
Meets weekly downstairs in the lower level of the church.

Caregivers Meetings
Monthly meeting to provide support for those who are caring for a loved one

Caregiving Services
Please call the church when a loved one has been admitted to hospital so that the pastors can include them in their visitation schedule.
Caregiving Services include:
– Communion for the home-bound
– Visitation
– Stephen Ministry

Additional Community Resources:
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OATS Transportation
Ballwin Community
Chesterfield Community
St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors
Lutheran Senior Services

Adult Education

In addition to Small Groups, Circles and Mid Week Classes, St. Mark offers several adult education classes on Sunday mornings. Check the church bulletin for the most current listing of classes and times. If you aren’t sure if a class is for you, please know that you are welcome to drop in on a class at anytime.
A well-stocked library containing over 1000 volumes, videos, DVDs and periodicals, is open during church office hours and on Sunday mornings.

Additionally, check out our St. Mark blog Topics vary- responses invited!

Adult Discussion Group– led by Ron Goff
Sundays from 8:30 AM – Room 305
The Adult Discussion Group is a splendid gathering of open-minded, free-thinking people who meet each Sunday morning to discuss topics such as world religions, philosophy and stewardship of the environment. Attendees share the mantle of discussion leader and in general cherish the free exchange of viewpoints. This is St. Mark’s longest running Sunday School class with an attendance of 15-17.

Adult Education Class – led by Cliff Schoep
Sundays 9:30 AM – Room 102
We will spend the first 4 or 5 weeks studying the General Epistle of James. General Epistles were written to the church at large, not to specific churches as are Paul’s letters. James has often been the subject of controversy because of his emphasis on “works” as demonstrations of faith. Luther didn’t like it and put it at the end of his version of the Bible and didn’t list it in the Table of Contents.
I hope that by the time we finish this epistle, written by Jesus’ brother, we will see that it is a very practical guide to living as a Christian.
All are welcome to join our study, even if you have not attended before. Cliff Schoep leads this lively and interactive class.

Animate: Faith
Sundays 9:30 AM – Fellowship Hall
Pastor Dave is leading a new Sunday school class in the Fellowship Hall called Animate: Faith. This seven-week course explores our Christian faith with 21st Century theologians posing important questions for individuals and our community of faith. Every session will include a DVD live-action presentation enriched with dynamic animation to help enhance understanding and stimulate thoughtful discussion. Personal interactive journals are available for purchase for $15 and will allow participants to delve deeper and reflect on session content, at church and home. Please contact Pastor Dave with any questions or if you would like to purchase a journal. Everyone is welcome to join us!

Small Groups
– Are you looking for Christian Fellowship that will deepen your faith and strengthen your relationship with God and one another?
– Becoming a part of a small group can provide you with those opportunities.
– For more information, contact: Bruce Cranston, Bertha Larez, or the church office (636-394-2233).
– Small groups provide a friendly setting where persons can grow together in the faith, love & mission of Christ through Bible study, prayer, caring and fellowship.